About two miles from the city center of Bonn, Germany, sits a large, nondescript industrial building across the street from an abandoned factory. Behind its utilitarian facade is a collection of camping trailers, decommissioned train cars ... and people on vacation.
The two-month old hostel, inspired by mid-century Americana, carries different design themes for different trailers ("Flower Power," "House Boat," "Hunting Lodge") and furnished, faux front lawns for mingling with neighbors.
The former storage facility has 15 different vintage camping caravans (Volkswagens and Citroëns for the more Euro-centric), two decommissioned Pullman railway coaches and four American-made Airstream trailers, providing a total of 120 beds. Reuters photographer Wolfgang Rattay recently went inside to see just how it works: